10 Mag An interview with Setenay Uruç, director of “The Voice of The Past”
I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. I studied writing in addition receiving education on theater and performing arts. I am still continuing my education in different fields. I have written theater plays for many years and worked as a screenwriter for TV works. The Voice of the Past is my first short film experience. I am an actress in the film besides being the screenwriter and director of it.
«The Voice of the Past» is an intriguing intertwining of past and future, which throughout expresses the mysterious fascination of an ancient culture. Can we consider it a love letter to the knowledge of ancient wisdom?
From a technical and cinematic point of view, tell us about how you developed this film. Did you start from a script, with a clear idea, or did the film build itself naturally and you composed it in editing?
How did you prepare the historical research necessary for the making of this film? Did you have any particular sources of inspiration?
In the film, the protagonist is on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to know something through her own intuition. Did you draw on your own personal life experience to write this character’s story?
«The Voice of the Past» is your directorial debut. What are your future plans for your career as a director?
I have started preparations for the full-length version of my project called “The Voice of the Past” which I prepared as a short film based on the Epic of Gilgamesh. I believe it will be a movie where we can easily see the world of the character and the whole epic.
And in the recent years we left behind, I see that humanity has been going through difficult tests. The climate crisis and the cruelty of the livestock industry are two of the very important issues that we must no longer keep silent about. And I am preparing a short film about veganism, firstly in terms of ethics and then the respect that must be shown to the life of every living thing. I hope that I can find a way to share with people all the issues I have internalized in myself.
and a note; Rome is a city I fell in love with. As art history, every corner is like a movie frame. I want it to be included in my feature film as a reflection of my soul.